Are you a clean, mean, green housecleaning machine? We all have housekeeping habits that we complete every day. These habits help keep our nests healthy, clean and comfortable. Basic everyday tasks also prevent small cleaning projects from becoming big messes.
6 Things To Do Every Day
1. Make the Bed
MS: Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you’ll let other things — such as clothes and papers — pile up around it.
RCF: I totally agree and I would add: Make it the culture of your home to help teach your children to make their beds. If you do it, most likely they’ll get in the habit of making their beds and continue throughout their whole lives.
2. Manage Clutter
MS: Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn’t where it should be. Pick it up and put it where it belongs. Insist that everyone in the household do the same.
RCF: Well, managing clutter every time you leave a room is a lofty idea. I’m not sure how reasonable it is to make it an enforceable expectation that everyone in your household pick up and put away stuff when they leave a room.
3. Sort the Mail
MS: Take a few minutes to open, read, and sort mail as soon as you bring it inside. Keep a trash bin near your sorting area for junk mail. Drop other mail into one of four in-boxes: personal correspondence, bills, catalogs, and filing.
RCF: OK, I like the DIY box idea, but don’t forget to recycle junk mail.
4. Clean as You Cook
MS: Instead of filling the sink with pots and dishes, wash them or put them in the dishwasher as you prepare a meal.
RCF: It’s a nice idea to clean the kitchen as you cook; it certainly would speed up the clean up. However, I would not advocate for turning on the faucet every time you finish with a dish– that seems like a waste of water. Wait until you have a pile, and then wash.
5. Wipe Up Spills While They’re Fresh
MS: Whether it’s tomato sauce on the cooktop or makeup on the bathroom counter, almost anything is faster and easier to remove if you attend to it immediately.
RCF: Unequivocally agree.
6. Sweep the Kitchen Floor
MS: Every evening, once you’ve finished washing up after dinner, sweep the floor. This will keep tough-to-clean dirt and grime from building up, which will make the weekly mopping much quicker.
RCF: Nice idea, but every day seems like a bit much. Also, my dogs do a pretty good job of pre-washing the floor during food prep times.
What are your thoughts? Is this list similar to your daily cleaning tasks? What six things do you do everyday to keep your home sparkling?